About Us

 

A Better Way Therapy was founded in 2005, when the owner wanted to gather together a team of great therapists, and keep them for longer through better pay and respect in order to better meet the needs of our clients. With two offices in Omaha, NE and an office in South Sioux City, NE, our therapists are able to help patients of any age and with almost any mental health or chemical dependency issue.

We are proud to now offer telemedicine technology plus the option for online payments.

Learn more about our therapists below!

 

Our Omaha Team

 

 

Bruce Hugunin LIMHP, LADC

Executive Director, Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-813-2235
Email: bhugunin@cox.net

Education: MA from the University of Kansas. BA From Buena Vista College

Experience: Before starting A Better Way Therapy, Bruce was a Director for outpatient services at a behavioral health company in Omaha and also worked for several places including Boys Town and Alegent Health Hospital.

Expertise areas: Bruce works with all types of clients. His major areas of focus include anger management, Marriage counseling and alcohol and drug issues

Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BC/BS’s Blue Classic & Blue Preferred, Midlands Choice, Aetna, Cigna, Well Care, Nebraska Total Care, UHC Optum and Teamcare. Bruce is also credentialed by Medicaid.

Dana Ritterbush, LIMHP, LADC, CEAP

Director of Operations, Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-630-9164
Email: dhritterbush@gmail.com

Education: MS in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Experience: Dana has over 15 years of experiencing working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. She has provided mental health and substance abuse services for an outpatient counseling agency, a domestic violence women’s shelter, schools, and a corporate Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Expertise: Dana is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Nebraska. She is also a Certified Employee Assistance Professional. She completed her internship in a domestic violence program providing services to children and women who lived in a shelter setting. Dana worked in an EAP for 8 years where she provided services to employees and employers to help address personal and work-related concerns that impact productivity and performance. Other areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, grief/loss, trauma, anger management, stress management, substance use, marital/couples counseling and family therapy.

Insurance Panels: Self-Pay and BPA Health EAP. Pending status: Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Nebraska Total Care, Medicaid, Midlands Choice, UHC and Healthy Blue

Carole Nelson LIMHP

Part-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-208-7679
Email: canelson626@yahoo.com

Experience: Carole has over 20 years’ experience working with adolescents in school settings and in foster care. She also has 10 years’ experience with providing in-home therapy services to families in crisis.

Expertise areas: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety/ Depression, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills for Borderline Personality Disorder, Mood Disorders, works with Developmental Disabilities, Christian counselor

Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Aetna, Midlands Choice, Medicaid, Well Care, Nebraska Total Care, UHC Optum and others.

Laurie Crayne LMHP

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 531-333-0654

Email: laurie.crayne@gmail.com

Education: MS from University of Bellevue in Health and Human Services.

Experience: Worked at the Behaven program for 10 years before joining the staff at A Better Way Therapy in 2012.

Expertise: Laurie works well with autistic, out of control children, victims of abuse, anxiety, depression, anger management, Children to adults. Laurie has done a great job building relationships with clients and has a good sense of humor.

Insurance Panels: Medicaid, Well Care, Nebraska Total Care, UHC Optum, Blue cross Blue Shield, Midlands Choice, Aetna and others. Also accepts Self pay.

Rob Runion, M.S.E., MBA, LIMHP

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-631-9360
Email: rob_runion@yahoo.com

Education: Master’s of Science in Education specializing in Agency-Based Counseling, Master’s of Business Administration. Bachelor’s in Human Service Counseling. All from Wayne State College.

Experience: Rob has over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and businesses in community based agencies, schools, small businesses, large corporations, intensive outpatient programs, treatment day programs, and group homes.

Expertise areas: PCIT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Marital Issues, Parenting Skills, Anger Management, Adjustment Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Christian Counseling, and others.

Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Medicaid, Magellan, Aetna, Midlands Choice, Well Care, Nebraska Total Care, UHC Optum and others.

Yvonne Schlueter-Promes, M.S.E. CPC – LIMHP

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-677-9551
Email: promes@cox.net

Education: Master’s of Science in Education specializing in Agency-Based Counseling from Wayne State College Experience: Yvonne worked for Boys Town for 16 years and at Behaven part time as a therapist. Yvonne has 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, and families in crisis. Yvonne has worked in adoption centers, domestic violence agencies, foster care agencies, hospitals, in-home therapy services, shelters, and schools.

Expertise: ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Adoption/Attachment Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Bipolar Issues, Child Abuse, Chronic Illnesses, Codependency, Conduct Disorders, Couples Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Career Issues, Eating Disorders, Family Therapy, Grief Counseling, Impulse Control Disorder, Infertility Issues, Learning Disabilities, Major Depression, Marital Therapy, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Panic Disorders, Parenting Issues, Postpartum Depression, PTSD, Separation/Divorce, Sexual Abuse, Sleep Disorders, and Stress Management.

Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Medicaid, Magellan, Aetna, Midlands Choice, United Health Care and others, Well Care, Nebraska Total Care, UHC Optum.

Laura Gregory LMHP

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-301-3966
Email: lauralgregory@gmail.com

Education: Masters of Science in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University, Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Science from Bellevue University, Associate of Applied Science in Occupation Therapy Assisting.

Experience: Laura worked for five years as a Social Service Worker for the Department of Health and Human Services prior to becoming a Therapist. Laura has also worked as an Employment Specialist in a Behavioral Health Employment Program. She works well with children, adolescents, and adults. Laura is a Board Member and active volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Expertise areas: Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Adjustment Disorder, Panic Disorder, Parenting Issues, Marriage/Couples Counseling, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Separation/Divorce, Bipolar Disorder, Stress Management, Abuse/Neglect, Career Issues, Play Therapy, and Family Therapy.

Insurance panels: Self-Pay, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Well Care, Nebraska Total Care, UHC Optum, Medicaid

Pete Myhr LIMHP

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-679-7189
Email: pmyhrabw@gmail.com

Education: MA from the University of NE at Omaha

Experience: Pete has over 10 years of experience in the counseling field. He works well with both adults and adolescents. He has worked on his own as a therapist for many years before joining us full-time. He also has several years working as a counselor at a high school.

Expertise areas: ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Anger Management, Behavior Disorders in Adolescents, Crisis Intervention, Family Therapy, Major Depression, Mood Disorders, and Parenting Issues.

Insurance panels: BCBS, Aetna, Medicaid, Well Care, Nebraska Total Care, UHC Optum and various others. Pete also accepts private pay clients.

Kara Abbott, MS PLMHP, PLADC

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-708-9389
Email: Kara_Brooke@hotmail.com

Education: Graduated from Bellevue University in clinical counseling Master’s of Science.

Experience: Kara worked as a probation officer prior to becoming a therapist. She works well with all ages. Kara does well building healthy therapeutic relationships with her clients.

Expertise: Marital or couples counseling, ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Adoption/Attachment Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Child Abuse, Addictions, Codependency, Eating Disorders, Family Therapy, Grief Counseling, Learning Disabilities, Major Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Panic Disorders, Parenting Issues, PTSD, Separation/Divorce, Sexual Abuse, Sleep Disorders, and Stress Management.

Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Medicaid, UHC Optum through Medicaid, Wellcare & NE Total Care.

Eboni Merrill LMHP, MA, NCC

EMDR Trained Therapist

Phone: 308-280-0441
Email: ebonimerrill@yahoo.com

Education: Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. Eboni is a member of the National Board for Certified Counselors and holds her NCC credential.

Experience: Eboni has worked many years working as a therapist with both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. She also has experience working in a women’s shelter environment for those who are trying to get out of a volatile situation. Eboni has experience providing both individual and group therapy. She was employed at Heartland Family Service before being hired at A Better Way Therapy in March of 2020.

Expertise: Eboni works well with individuals of all ages. She is easily able to develop rapport with her clients of varying backgrounds as she offers both a genuine and a nonjudgmental approach. Eboni strives to meet her clients where they are at in their therapeutic journey as she collaboratively works with her clients to reach individualized goals. She has experience in the following areas: domestic abuse, victim issues/empowerment, self-esteem improvement, anger management, anxiety, depression, trauma, healthy boundary formation, adjustment disorders, stress management, couples counseling, parenting issues, healthy communication patterns, grief counseling, and substance abuse.

Insurance panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Medicaid, Aetna, Midlands Choice, United Health Care and others, Well Care, Nebraska Total Care, UHC Optum.

Tim Terrell PLMHP, PMSW

Full-Time Therapist

Phone: 402-595-0780
Email: Terrell.abetterwaytherapy@gmail.com

Education: Dual Degree Master’s in Social Work and Public Administration from University of Nebraska Omaha.

Experience: Tim has over 10 years of experience providing behavioral health services to children, adolescents, adults, older adults, and families that suffered from mild to severe mental health disorders. To include experience working within assistant living nursing facilities, hospitals, military facilities, extended family home agencies and community-based government funded organizations. He also served in the military.

Expertise: Addictions, Adjustment Disorders, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Career Counseling, Child Abuse, Criminal Offenses, Codependency, Coping Skills, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Grief Counseling, High Risk Adolescents and Teenagers, Learning Disabilities, Life Coaching, Major Depression, Male Issues, Obesity, PTSD, School Issues, Separation/Divorce, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Identity, Sleep Disorders, Spirituality and Stress Management, Weight Loss.

Insurance Panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Medicaid: Well Care, Nebraska Total Care, UHC Optum. Applied for Medicare.

Jill Krelle, MS, PLMHP

Full-Time Therapist, EMDR Trained Therapist

Phone: (402) 647-0796
Email: jillk@jillkrelletherapy.com

Education: Master’s of Science in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska.

Experience: Jill has over 19 years of experience in the behavioral health field. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in residential facilities and outpatient treatment. Jill started her career at Boys Town and she also worked at the Douglas County Department of Corrections for 8 years focused on helping incarcerated individuals working towards reentry. Jill works well with children, adolescents, adults, and couples.

Expertise: Addiction, Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Codependency, Depression, Domestic Abuse, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Grief, OCD, Phobias, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Self-Harming, Sexual Abuse, Stress, Substance Use, Trauma and PTSD, Impulse Control Disorders, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Thinking Disorders.

Insurance Panels: Self-Pay, BCBS, Medicaid, Nebraska Total Care, Healthy Blue and UHC Optum

Dr. Jennifer Brendle

Email: jennifer_brendle@cox.net

Education: Dr. Brendle got her Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota.

Experience: Over ten years of experience.

Expertise areas: General Psychological Evaluations & Diagnostic Interview Exams. She will go to lock up facilities (such as DCYC) to do psychological evaluations as well. Dr. Brendle supervises the therapists that work with A Better Way Therapy only.

 

Our South Sioux City Team

 

 

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For more information about our therapists and their expertise, or to schedule an appointment for in-home or in-office therapy, call our Omaha offices at N 169th St. Omaha: 402-813-2235 or Davenport St. Omaha: 402-301-3966 or our South Sioux City office at 712-253-3925!